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Man stabbed with ice pick in alleged failed robbery

March 05, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

NILAND — A Niland man was stabbed early this morning in what appears to be a failed robbery attempt.

Aw-Wakin Armstrong, 18, received one stab wound to his lower left abdomen, said Niland Fire Chief Mike Aleksick.

The wound appears to have been caused by an ice pick, Aleksick said.

Armstrong was near the railroad tracks at 259 E. 1st St. around 1:30 a.m. when he was approached by a Hispanic male thought to be between 20 and 23 years old, Aleksick said.

Armstrong told officials the man, whom he said he did not know, tried to rob him, Aleksick said. When Armstrong didn't give the man any money, the assailant allegedly stabbed him and ran toward a warehouse.

The assailant had a mustache and wore a yellow shirt.

Armstrong was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley, where information regarding his condition was unavailable this morning.

It was unclear why Armstrong was in the area at the time of the incident.


Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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